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Too Big for your Bed

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 27-02-2007

Around this age, your toddler would be big enough to outgrow the crib. This is an indication that it is time for a toddler bed. However, the transition from a crib to a toddler bed may not be very easy and smooth for the toddler.

Here are some tips to ensure your toddler has a smooth transition from a crib to a bed:

  • Ensure that the bed is very comfortable and inviting.
  • Let the toddler decide on the most suitable bed.
  • Keep things that attract the toddler near the bed.
  • Accustom your toddler to the new bed by keeping it in front of the toddler for some time prior to actually using it.
  • Impress upon the toddler that moving out of the crib is the most wonderful thing to look forward to.
  • Ensure that all the things your toddler enjoys doing, are done in the toddler bed itself.
  • Place the toddler bed in the same position in your house as the crib was.
  • Show your appreciation of the new toddler bed.

Some Don’ts

  • If your toddler is just not ready to move to a bed, do not force a transition; forcing your toddler to move out of a crib may develop hatred for a bed altogether.
  • Do not make the prospect of moving to a toddler bed a boring or mechanical affair for the toddler. Instead, try to instill excitement in the toddler about the prospect of moving out of the crib.